Procurement job vacancies up 13%

Will Green is news editor of Supply Management
14 November 2017

Procurement and supply chain vacancies have risen 13% in the third quarter of 2017 compared to the same period last year.

The Robert Walters UK Jobs Index said mid level professionals were the most sought after, with IT specialists in highest demand.

The recruitment firm said developing new supply chains was a high priority for employers in preparation for economic conditions outside the European Union.

Neil Morgan, associate director at Robert Walters, said: “Businesses are aware of the significant impact poor supply chain strategies can have on the bottom line and as a result, securing top calibre procurement and supply chain specialists is a high priority.

“In particular, as businesses prepare to adapt to new conditions following Brexit, supply chain and procurement professionals with an international background are highly sought after.”

The firm said digitisation projects and overhauls of internal systems had driven demand for IT procurement specialists, with much of the demand coming from financial services.

Morgan said: “Developments in e-commerce have led many employers to initiate projects to develop their online presence and expand their market share, in turn triggering demand for specialist IT procurement professionals.

“Among financial services firms, pressure from regulators to develop robust data protection systems has made IT procurement a particularly high priority.

“Given that employers face significant skills shortages in this space, hiring managers will need to ensure that salaries are on offer to secure top talent, as well as promoting the opportunities a role can offer for structured career progression.”

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